26 August 2018

PSALM 84 This psalm is a prayer for longing for the presence of God. The joyful expectation of the pilgrim transforms the difficulties of the journey into refreshment for the soul. This psalm is not attributed to any author, but is dedicated to the “chief musician” and the choir school founded by Korah. It is said to be accompanied “upon Gittith”, which would appear to be a stringed musical instrument – although this is not Read more…

19 August 2018

PSALM 111 This psalm is without formal title or attribution, however it is most likely one of David’s compositions. It starts in the Hebrew text with Hallelujah which means “Praise the Lord”. After the word Hallelujah, it is in the form of an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet. The psalm as a whole recounts the many ways in which God pours out His blessings on His people and gives thanks for these many blessings. The Read more…

12 August 2018

PSALM 130 This psalm, called a “psalm of ascents” is not attributed to any author, but it has close similarities with palm 86 which is attributed to David. We recall that psalms of ascents were usually chanted by pilgrims making their way up to worship in Jerusalem. The psalm opens with a desperate cry to God for help in a time of deep distress. The psalmist feels a separation from God because of his sins, Read more…

05 August 2018

PSALM 51: 1-12 This psalm of David is often referred to as the penitential psalm, as it records David’s public confession and repentance for his reprehensible behaviour in taking the wife of Uriah and then conniving in Uriah’s death. The first half of the psalm which we read today deals with David’s confession of sin while the second half speaks of the renewal God can bring into his life. David’s sin was a transgression of Read more…